Clark, 47, led UAB to a 6–6 record in his first season last year but the school abruptly discontinued the program in December. After the program was shuttered, Clark decided not to take another job, holding out hope that the team would return. In June, UAB announced that the football program was being reinstated and the team would resume play in 2017.
“To all UAB supporters and family, thank you. I appreciate each and every one of you, what you've done, and continue to do, to support our program and I am proud to be your coach,” Clark said in a statement.
Clark was a high school coach until he was hired as the defensive coordinator at South Alabama in 2008. He spent one season as the head coach at FCS-level Jacksonville State in 2013, leading the Gamecocks to an 11–4 record, and was hired by UAB in 2014.
- Dan Gartland